Jumping on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon

Ahh, the capsule wardrobe. Everybody’s doing it these days.

I’d first heard about it via Kendi Everyday with her 30 for 30 remix challenge. And now Elise (who happens to be my favorite blogger of all time) is going the capsule wardrobe route, too. What finally tipped me over the edge of indecision was that I listened to this podcast featuring Caroline from Unfancy, who even mentions that she is not a fashionable person at all and thought she might be crazy for starting a fashion blog. I look at her blog and beg to differ…but it’s extremely encouraging to me that someone who proclaims she doesn’t know a thing about fashion can come up with such creative outfits. So maybe I can, too.

So I’ve decided I’m going to try it out.

But first I have to admit: I’m TOTALLY CHEATING.

Because it gets cold here and I’m a wimp. On any given day in winter, I’m wearing at least a tank top, long-sleeved shirt, long underwear, jeans, two pairs of socks, and sweater. And probably a scarf, too. So my collection of long-sleeved t-shirts for layering (as well as leggings and tights) will not count toward my specified number* of items. Neither will my tank tops. Neither will my outerwear (coats and sweatshirts). Nor my shoes or accessories.

Needing easy access for breastfeeding makes narrowing things down a bit harder. So I’m not going to be too strict with myself and just have fun trying this out. I think the thing that intrigues me most is that whole “less is more” stuff. Having too much to choose from doesn’t make the choice easier, but rather more difficult. And as a new mom with not much time to pick out the perfect outfit, I could definitely use a little more simplicity in that aspect of my morning routine.

There were a lot of items in my closet that were too summery for this season anyway, so weeding those out was easy. I will edit down what is left over a period of a few days and try to make a few sample outfits to see if I can easily mix and match what I’ve got. For those things that are less mix-and-matchable, I will banish those to the attic.

*I have decided not to limit myself to a certain number because I have so many pieces that won’t count towards it anyway for layering purposes… I’m also not going to be too strict with myself for special occasions if I want to wear something else that didn’t make the cut. For example, I first had a red turtleneck in for the sole reason that I knew that Christmastime was coming. But since the only thing it matched were jeans, I decided to cut it. But if I do feel the urge to wear it this Christmas, I won’t hold myself back.

It will be a fun experiment!

I’ve been hesitating pressing “publish” on this post because I tend to make these grand declarations on my blog with new projects and what not, and they just fizzle out over time. Like last year’s One Little Word or that time I said I had a lot of motivation for crafty projects. The last crafty thing I did was Theo’s sun hat, just because.

But you know what? I’m going to cut myself a little slack. Because in the end it’s about trying new things and seeing what works for ME. Sometimes, life comes in between and shakes up plans. Then you make new ones. And it’s all good.

I also totally just finished up this post, only to lose my revisions and have to write most of it all over again. Boo!

Okay, on to the wardrobe. A lot more dresses and skirts ended up on here than I’d expected, and we’ll see how that works when it’s chilly out. But I fully intend to let this year be the year I wear my warm tights and boots and become an expert layer-er.

We’ll see how that works.

Anyway, I downloaded the Stylebook app and have had a ton of fun playing around with that already, uploading pictures of my wardrobe (pictures throughout) and creating different looks. Though I won’t be taking pictures of my outfits for the blog – I am SO not a style blogger! – I am keeping track of my outfits on the app’s calendar so I can see what I’ve worn already. I totally splurged, since I don’t usually buy apps, but I will say that I don’t regret it. It’s already encouraged lots of creativity in mixing and matching. Sometimes the outfits don’t translate well to real life, in which case I simply delete the look from my app and try another combo. Very fun!

So, who’s with me? Anyone else tried this before or have been thinking about trying out a capsule wardrobe?

Why my husband deserves a gold medal

He taught me how to drive stick shift on vacation.

Getting to drive [almost] every day, I became a lot more confident in driving a manual transmission. And since it was a rental car with all sorts of insurance coverage on it, I was a little less nervous about breaking the car.

He was a very patient and encouraging teacher. Just like that time he taught me how to snowboard.

Let me say this, though. I sure wish I’d learned this when I was 16 and learning to drive. It’s far more stressful learning later, when you feel like you’re starting all over again. Plus, having your almost 5-month-old baby in the backseat adds a whole new level to the anxiety of shifting and stalling and driving through traffic and hoping you don’t cause any accidents.

We were lucky though, and Theo slept a lot of the time [thank you, buddy!] and that helped a lot.

I now feel a lot more confident in driving what is here a normal car. I still feel like it would be helpful to practice more, and thinking of driving in Hamburg with all this traffic makes me extremely nervous. But if worse came to worst, I could do it if I needed to. Whereas before, my inability to drive was definitely a handicap. I’ll admit, I still prefer automatic, though.

Can you drive stick shift? Which do you prefer?

Baby sun hat

Before we left on vacation, I realized I didn’t have a sun hat that fit Theo’s head anymore. I shed a tear for his newborn hat, and then set out to make my own the night before we left.

I kind of mixed two different styles from two different tutorials I’d found on Pinterest. For the main hat, I used this tutorial on how to make an infant sun hat. Then, instead of sewing around it, I decided to give it a bias tape edge à la this tutorial, but without the straps. Because I wanted to keep it reversible.

I used fabric we bought in Berlin at a market, blue bias tape, and leftover fabric from our bedroom curtains. I’m pretty happy with the finished product! It’s not perfect, but it didn’t need to be!

I didn’t do any fancy measuring (apart from checking his head circumference against the pattern) and just hoped it worked out, which thankfully it did. It stayed on well enough without the straps, too. Because the curtain fabric was a bit thicker, it worked out okay that I didn’t use any interfacing. It’s nice to be able to make something like this!

Twenty-Eight

I turned 28 years old yesterday, and it was a really wonderful birthday! It was a lovely fall day and I wore one of my favorite shirts and leather boots. My boys took me out to breakfast at a café in town – when the one we were planning on going to wasn’t open, we instead ended up at the same café where we’d interviewed our wedding photographer two years ago.

We then took a nice walk back, and Theo fell asleep holding these rings on his toy. So precious!

When we got home, I got to open some presents, one of them being this awesome book:

(Translation: ooh la la, who farted? HILARIOUS BOOK!)

Theo tried to eat the wrapping paper while I wasn’t looking…

Tobias wrapped up the big present in his typical manner. Not very sustainable, ahem, but his aluminum foil gift wrap has a long history for us. Hence the phrase he wrote on it.

(The big present was a fancy-schmancy electric toothbrush…with bluetooth and an app and everything!)

He also signed me up for a sewing course, which starts in the new year. So excited!

Theo wanted to be cuddled a lot yesterday, so that was nice. And when he went to bed, I sewed him up a sun hat, since his head has grown too big for his other sun hat.

My parents had these lovely flowers delivered…simply gorgeous!

I had a wonderful birthday, and I felt very special and loved. This first birthday as a parent really surprised me at how different things feel when you realize just how special it is to be born and to grow older year after year. My little boy is already growing up so fast, and my life changed forever when he entered into our lives. There’s something just…magical about it all. Wrapping your head around the fact that you were once a tiny little baby, too, and that your parents were so thrilled to welcome you into their lives.

That’s me, twenty-eight years ago. Incredible.

We’re leaving today for vacation…off to Mallorca! (But first, finish packing and cleaning!)

Happy fall

A few days late, but that’s all right.

We’ve had awesome weather this year, and I’m grateful. A mild winter, all things considered. Nice spring days. A warm summer, and now a nice fall. Life is good!

I found this leaf on a walk last week. It had just rained a bit and the sun had come back out. Water droplets are amazing: perfect little orbs, reflecting their surroundings. Nature is a beautiful thing.

I went to the doctor’s office on Monday to get a lump checked out that I found. The waiting room was full of coughing, sniffly people. Sure enough, two days later, I ended up with a cold. After some ibuprofen, chicken soup, naps, and lots of tea, I’m feeling a bit better this evening. I’m just hoping my boys don’t catch it. Theo will at least get some antibodies from my milk. And with that, I’m headed to bed now, at 9:30 p.m. Here’s hoping tomorrow will be better.